GSDT > Book Recommendations
David Engle Recommendations
2001 Tom Kelley, Jonathan Littman, Tom Peters The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from Ideo, America's Leading Design Firm
1984 Aldo Rossi, Diane Ghirardo (translator) The Architecture of the City
1996 Peter Schwartz The Art of the Long View: Paths to Strategic Insight for Yourself and Your Company
Ben Slivka Recommendations
1995 Steward Brand How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built
1977 Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction
Karin Engstrom Recommendations
1994 Gary Paul Nabhan & Stephen Trimble The Geography of Childhood: Why children need wild places
This book reminds us all of our need to connect with the natural, the earth. Both Gary Nabhan and Stephen Trimble write about nature and their experiences with it. In this book, they collaborated to explore how children of today experience and relate to nature and natural settings. It is an insightful book to read.

I believe we must consider this need to nurture a relationship with nature even in the design of a city high school. Jenni Maughan and the students Post 84 worked with the landscape architecture school at the UW to design and plant a garden of native plants. Can we expand upon that theme in the planning with the building?
1994 David W. Orr Earth in Mind: On education, environment and the human prospect
A fellow staff member gave me this book upon my graduation from Antioch University-Seattle. Although he is writing an argument for change in education, including how our buildings are designed to house this process, he lives and teaches a fine argument for how we engage in learning.

I have several friends who have enjoyed Mr. Orr as a professor at Oberlin College. They are in awe of his mind and wit. They would all recommend this book as a catalyst for designing a house of learning.

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